“So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”
– Genesis 1:21
Celebrating the Oceans, Seas, & Their Creatures
“Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink,” reads Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic sea disaster poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Approximately 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, while the oceans, seas, and bays hold about 97 percent of all Earth’s water. And according to the bio-chemist H.H. Mitchell, even up to 60 percent of the adult human body is water, the human brain and heart are composed of 73 percent water, and our lungs are around 83 percent water.
On Earth and in ourselves – water is quite literally everywhere. Since water is all around us and in us, students should know more about the major bodies of water that shape our planet and our lives, including: what we eat, how we travel, our trade, our wars, and the many fascinating creatures who live in the oceans and seas. In fact, scientists estimate that 91 percent of ocean species remain unclassified, and over eighty percent of our ocean is unmapped and unexplored.
So, we clearly have more work ahead of us to better understand the water that covers most of our world. To assist in this aquatic discovering, mapping, and exploring, we’re offering a variety of resources to help parents, teachers, and K-12 students: